Review: Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s

When I was a kid, I loved shakes. To me there was nothing better than going to Burger King, McDonald’s, or In-N-Out and getting a huge chocolate shake and dipping my crispy, salty fries in it. When I was lucky, my mom would take me to a diner and or an ice cream shop and I was in icy, sugary, creamy shake heaven. Over the years though, my sweet tooth dwindled, and it seemed to me that my favorite fast food shakes had changed. After working at McDonald’s one summer when I was 15 years old, I saw that my beloved chocolate shake was just a brown liquid, pre mixed in a bag, and tossed in a giant machine that after a half hour of churning turns out a bland chemical gloop. Needless to say, I was a bit disillusioned, and my craving for shakes pretty much died a fast painless death. Fast forward 15 years and my girlfriend said that this new shake from Arby’s sounded delicious. Being the opportunist I am, I figured why not write about it. My girlfriend is happy and I don’t have to try and find something different to say about a new burger that tastes like most other burgers. So with that said, let’s delve into the review of the Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s.

Arby's Mint Chocolate Swirl ShakeArby’s doesn’t seem to have a description of this shake yet, but it’s self explanatory with whipped topping and crushed Andes Mint Chocolate candies on top. This was an okay shake, I guess. Obviously it’s minty, but not like your favorite mint ice cream. It kind of reminded me of toothpaste. Not in a bad way, but it tasted like the kind of toothpaste that uses the best mint flavored chemicals, and that really gives you a boost in the morning. Like that Emeral toothpaste that came out a few years ago, sans the “BAM”. It was a pretty tame mint flavor. The chocolate swirl was pretty much just unneeded decoration, and I couldn’t really taste it. I do have to ask though, what’s with fast food shakes being topped with Cool Whip these days? Whipped topping is just sweetened margarine with a bunch of air added to it. Does anyone really get excited over that? How do you dip your fries? It boggles my mind. The highlight of the $2.89 Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake was the Andes mints, but I think they would be far better in DQ Blizzard, or a McFlurry, as opposed to sitting on top of my generic whipped topping.

Arby's Mint Chocolate Swirl ShakeThe consistency of the shake was a little loose and foamy and I’m guessing this shake was pre-packaged. To me, a shake is a beautiful blending of milk and ice cream. That’s it. Just like at McDonald’s, this seemed like a chemist tried to synthesize one of the easiest food preparations ever, and stuff it into a bag so that your house cat could enjoy a semi-delicious shake, just by clawing at the plastic and getting it open. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the shake was decent and my even girlfriend liked it more than I did. For my money, I’d rather just buy some Ben and Jerry’s and leave it on the counter for twenty minutes to get my cold creamy fix. I guess I just roll old school that way.

Pros: Pretty good if you are a fan of the current fast food shake scene. Kittens.

Cons: Insert explitives about Whipped Topping here. Is milk and ice cream retro now?

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 5.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $2.89

Overall GrubGrade: 6.00/10

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8 comments on “Review: Mint Chocolate Swirl Shake from Arby’s

  1. M86 says:

    I have to agree with you on the whipped topping crap on shakes. Hate it.

    Poor Arby’s… They just try too much.

  2. Alex K. says:

    Emeril* … but oh dear God, I had forgotten about that toothpaste until you mentioned it. I liked the cinnamon one. Mm..

  3. Robert says:

    “I do have to ask though, what’s with fast food shakes being topped with Cool Whip these days?”

    Who does it besides Steak n Shake and McDonald’s? And they use real whipped cream, not the fake stuff.

  4. Chefprotoss says:

    If the ingredient list is any longer than three items, it isn’t real whipped cream. Whipped cream is also unstable, so I seriously doubt they are hand making by hand it in the back of a McDonald’s anywhere. I have never seen premade whipped cream in a grocery store before. You would get either a tub of separated mush and liquid, or it would be an emulsion of water, oils, and stabilizers. The latter is cool whip.

  5. Chefprotoss says:

    Nope. Whipped cream is made by whipping cream. That’s it. Ready whip has more in common with ranch dressing than whipped cream.

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